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EBOLA Information and
Reporting of Possible Cases

Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County’s Epidemiology Program (FDOH- St. Lucie EPI) has been working very diligently on strengthening our communication web with community partners. If you or your facility’s contact is on the distribution list for EPIsodes, our monthly newsletter, you have already been receiving updated guidances and tools designed to help identify possible cases of Ebola.

We are asking community partners including medical offices, faith-based organizations, businesses, etc. to identify a point person for health alerts in our county. Please call FDOH- St. Lucie EPI directly and provide your point person’s name, phone/fax numbers, and very importantly an email address so you can receive timely health alert notices or warnings.

FDOH- St. Lucie EPI’s number is (772) 462-3883 during regular business hours. Due to the number of calls we have been receiving, please leave a message if it is not urgent. Please be sure to speak clearly and slowly, spell your name and repeat your phone number to prevent miscommunications.

If you have a serious concern and would like to report a possible Ebola case, following are the phone numbers to use for disease reporting.

FDOH- St. Lucie’s Epidemiology Program
(772) 462-3883
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

Or

(772) 462-3800
For after regular business hours, weekends and holidays
(ask for the nurse on call to report a disease)

Or

FDOH Bureau of Epidemiology
(850) 245-4401


Ebola

The Florida Department of Health is actively monitoring the status of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and the information about the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

Each county health department has regular communication and interaction with hospitals, medical providers and laboratories to ensure that appropriate reporting and public health action can be taken when necessary.

People with recent travel history to the affected regions who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea and vomiting should mention their travel history to the medical professional who is evaluating them.

Please refer to the CDC's Ebola Outbreak site to see which countries/areas have been affected. http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html#areas.

If a patient with Ebola virus disease were to be diagnosed in Florida, the Department would work closely with healthcare partners to ensure appropriate patient care, protocols for isolation, infection control and the assessment of risk to relevant individuals.

The Florida Department of Health works regularly with healthcare providers across the state and has distributed guidance for assessment and testing of suspect Ebola virus disease cases statewide.

Links:

Florida⁄CDC HAN 10/2/2014
Ebola screening tool
Ebola Flyer
Ebola Flyer-Spanish
Ebola testing and monitoring decision algorithm
DOH Newsroom — Ebola
Please see Ebola link at bottom of page.

Current list of countries⁄areas affected by outbreak


Enterovirus D68

CDC Key Points Enterovirus D68 in the United States 10/16/2014 The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.

  • From mid-August to October 16, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 796 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia (AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, ID, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY) with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. This indicates that at least one case has been detected in each state listed but does not indicate how widespread infections are in each state.
  • CDC expects, as with other enteroviruses, that EV-D68 infections will likely begin to decline by late fall.
  • CDC has received informal reports from some hospitals and states that are seeing signs of decreasing EV-D68 infections. CDC is gathering more information from states and assessing whether this represents a national trend. Up-to-date information about activity of enterovirus D68-like illness in states.
  • Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely. Other rhinoviruses and enteroviruses continue to be detected as well.
  • CDC has received substantially more specimens for enterovirus lab testing than usual this year, due to the large outbreak of EV-D68 and related hospitalizations.
  • CDC has prioritized testing for the most severe cases since the outbreak began in August to get a better understanding of the disease.
  • Of the more than 1,400 specimens tested by the CDC lab, about half have tested positive for EV-D68. About one third have tested positive for a rhinovirus or enterovirus other than EV-D68.
  • Almost all of the CDC-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
  • CDC developed, and started using on October 14, a new, faster lab test for detecting EV-D68, allowing CDC to rapidly process in about seven to 10 days the more than 1,000 remaining specimens received since mid-September. As a result, the number of confirmed EV-D68 cases increased substantially on October 15 and will likely continue to increase in the coming days. These increases will not reflect actual changes or mean the situation is getting worse.
  • Faster testing will help to better show the trends of this outbreak since August and to monitor changes occurring in real time.
  • Starting next week, CDC will review and update these data every Thursday.
  • CDC understands that Americans may be concerned about these severe respiratory illnesses. Severe illness is always a concern to us, especially when infants and children are affected. We will share information as soon as we have it, and post updates on our website

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